Avoid Harmful Substances Everybody knows that you should avoid all street drugs during pregnancy so that your baby will not be harmed. But there are other harmful products that you might want to avoid too. Things like tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, pollution, pesticides, household and industrial chemicals and any unnecessary medications, especially over-the-counter drugs. According to American Academy of Paediatrics and the Food and Drug administration, there is no drug that is considered safe during pregnancy. Any drug could have a negative effect on the baby. So, you might want to see your doctor and make sure that any medication you are taking at this crucial time is absolutely necessary for a medical condition. Besides, this is a great time to go “green”. You might want to turn to all t
The birthing process is a period of so many mixed emotions from joy and giddy expectation to feelings of anxiety and a little bit of apprehension for labour itself. A research article published by the Guttmacher Institute shows that Nigerian women would like to receive social support during childbirth. In this research, most Nigerian women receiving antenatal care in a Nigerian hospital said they would prefer to have someone with them during childbirth to provide social support; a perfect role for a doula. Who is a doula? The word ‘doula’ is a Greek word meaning ‘women’s servant’. Women have been serving others in childbirth for many centuries and this has proven that support from another woman has a positive impact on the labour process. A recent Cochrane Review “Continuous Support for W
Registrar of the Department of Ophthalmology, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Dr. Adegbola Adeyemi, has advised mothers to shun the use of breast milk and urine in treating babies’ eye infections. Adeyemi told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Wednesday that the practice could do more harm than good to the eyes of their babies. According to him, use of breast milk and urine could result in total blindness. The ophthalmologist urged mothers to use clean water to wash eyes pointing out that a lot of damage would have been done to the eyes before bringing the child to the hospital. He said that both adult and children contracted eye diseases such as conjunctivitis also known as Apollo caused by bacterial infection. He disclosed that refractive error was also common i
Authors: Farid Rashidi, Hossein Sate Published in Journal of Medical Case Reports Feb, 2018 © The Author(s) 2018 Background Idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension is a rare and progressive condition which is aggravated by the physiologic changes during pregnancy. Because of high mortality rate, most physicians recommend early termination of pregnancy in patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension. Case presentation Here we describe a case of a 30-year-old primigravida Caucasian housewife with functional class 1 idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension and a positive vasoreactive response to adenosine who had a full-term non-complicated delivery. Right-sided heart catheterisation before the pregnancy showed severe pulmonary hypertension with mean pulmonary arteri
As modern life means more and more couples leave it later than ever to start their families, many will face problems conceiving.It is well known that older women produce fewer good-quality eggs, leading many to pin their hopes of motherhood on difficult and potentially costly In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) treatment.Now a scientific breakthrough has raised hopes that women in their forties will soon find it easier to get pregnant. Researchers have discovered evidence suggesting that a hormone called DHEA plays a key role in preparing the womb for a successful pregnancy.The natural level of this hormone falls by half between a woman’s twenties and forties, and this is now believed to be a major factor in fertility reducing with age.The new findings could lead to production of a pill that b
Finding out you are expecting a baby is one of life’s greatest joys. However, it can also be terrifying. Apart from the panic or concern that would arise because of the new responsibility that you feel you are carrying, expectant mothers usually feel the other seemingly “shallow” worries (which are not so shallow) about how pregnancy will affect their bodies, social calendar and everyday life in general. You worry if all the stories about morning sickness, extreme weight gain, really weird cravings and the difficulty of childbirth will come true. Well, there is something you are not told. Research has shown that being pregnant can be a great catalyst to launching your wellness game to a whole new level. Maria Chatman, a holistic health coach and co-founder of Pop Fit Kids says that “bring
Waist trainers have gained a whole lot of popularity as a “seemingly” awesome new way to lose weight and get the body figure of your dreams. If you go on Google and type ‘waist trainers’, you would get over 3 million results, showing different celebrities spotting waist trainers and endorsing their abilities. From Jessica Alba, who said waist trainers helped her get her figure back after childbirth, to the Kardashians, who have professed that they are obsessed with using waist trainers, the list is endless. At this point, a very good question would be; what are waist trainers? Waist trainers are actually nothing new, in the 1500s -1800s era, women wore corsets to help cinch in their waistlines and get a smoother and slicker body shape. A waist trainer is just a glorified modern corset. In
Women are being pushed into unnecessary C-sections because they are not given enough time to give birth, the World Health Organisation has warned. The UN agency yesterday issued new childbirth guidance removing the emphasis on a timescale over which a ‘normal’ labour should take place. They warned ‘increasing medicalisation’ of childbirth has meant unnecessary interventions have become ‘rampant’ in many nations, usually because doctors think women are taking too long to give birth. Guidelines dating back to the 1950s suggest a normal birth should be expected to progress at a set pace – roughly 1cm of dilation every hour. But mounting evidence suggests this is inaccurate and often childbirth takes far longer. The WHO yesterday said women are being forced into having unnecessary pro
People who are fond of wearing heavy make-up on their faces and skins to enhance their beauty have been warned to reduce such to its barest minimum. Some dermatologists who gave the warning on Monday said that this could cause the applicants high blood pressure, low fertility, skin cancer, irritation and other diseases. A Lagos-based dermatologist, Mr. Alex Adeniyi, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that excessive use of make-up could cause skin irritation, allergies and skin cancer on the users. He attributed this to the chemical contents of most make-up. Adeniyi also said that excessive make-up could expose the skins and the eyes of users to germs and harmful toxins. “Chemicals found in lipsticks, eye pencils, mascara and kajal among others, can cause serious health
Worldwide, an estimated 140 million births take place every year and most of these occur without complications for women and their babies, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. Nothemba Simelela, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Family, Women, Children and Adolescents, stated this while issuing new guidelines on global care standards throughout labour and immediately after childbirth. The WHO official said the new guidelines aimed at reducing the use of needless and potentially harmful routine clinical and medical interventions. Simelela said: “We want women to give birth in a safe environment with skilled birth attendants in well-equipped facilities. “However, the increasing medicalisation of normal childbirth processes are undermining a woman’s own capability to g
The UN health agency said Thursday it has revised a benchmark used by health professionals worldwide in caring for women during childbirth because it has caused a surge in interventions like caesarean sections that could be unnecessary. Since the 1950s, a woman progressing through labour at a rate slower than one centimetre of cervical dilation per hour has been considered “abnormal”, said Olufemi Oladapo, a medical officer with the World Health Organization’s department of reproductive health. When doctors and other care providers confront labour moving slower than that rate, “the tendency is to act”, either with a caesarean section or with the use of drugs like oxytocin that speed up labour, leading to the “increased medicalisation” of childbirth, he said. In new guidelines un
When it comes to breast cancer prevention, studies have shown that increasing the intake of omega-3 fatty acids can help. New research, however, indicates that certain types of omega-3 may be more effective than others. Scientists at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, have revealed that omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish oil may be around eight times more effective for halting the development of aggressive breast cancer tumors than those from plant-based sources. Study co-author Prof. David Ma, who currently works in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph, and colleagues recently reported their findings in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. One of the most aggressive types of breast cancer is HER2-positive breast canc...
As a sex therapist, the No. 1 complaint I hear from both women and men is low libido. They visit me on their own or as couples, perplexed by the seemingly inexplicable drop in desire, either their own or that of their partner. Many people are hopeful that this decrease in sex drive has a simple cause and therefore a simple solution. While that's true in some cases, low libido is more often the complex result of several intertwining factors. Low desire can have many causes, whether biological influences such as the side effects of medication, psychological factors such as body image or relational triggers such as being angry with your partner. Addressing the problem means viewing it through multiple lenses at once, taking what we call a bio-psychosocial-relational approach. Here's a l...
16 years ago, Andrea Yates, a former resident of Houston, Texas drowned her 5 children - from the oldest who was 7 years old, to the youngest that was just 6 months old. Her action brought into stark reality, the severity of postpartum depression and postpartum PTSD. Everyone usually looks upon pregnancy and child birth as a wonderful experience for mothers. Looking from the other side of the divide, we feel that no matter how harrowing the experience was for the mother, that there should be this intense feeling of joy once she sees her baby and realises that they are both safe. Unfortunately, our ideal is not always the case. Some new mums experience postpartum baby blues. This usually begins within the first 2-3 days of delivery and usually lasts only a week or 2 weeks after the baby i...